Despite how terribly dry and hot it has been this summer, our pumpkins have survived and seem to have fruited pretty well. The drought continues but the temperatures have finally cooled off so they continue to bloom and grow. We did lose some plants as we always do to bugs--and maybe drought--and the pumpkins may not be quite as large this year, but we will certainly be thankful for each and every one! We continue to pray for rain to help them finish strong.
It feels like fall this morning so I headed out with my camera to document their progress. Our 8th Annual Pumpkin Festival opens September 15th...just over a month away! There's much to do but we love the excitement that comes with getting ready to finally open our doors to our beloved visitors!
The gourd garden has new wood chips and is coming along nicely!
Bees are busy pollinating the pretty pumpkin blossoms...Did you know squash bees wait inside the flower for the blossoms to close, then stay there until the next morning when it's time to do more pollinating?
These photos show just some of the varieties we are growing: Jack-O-Lantern pumpkins (a few which are ripening already), Black Futsu squash, Butternut squash, Cheese pumpkins, Hooligas, and mini bottle gourds which are new this year!
I have lots of favorite varieties, but it's always fun when last year's cross-pollinated seeds "volunteer" in the patch. You get some really unique results which are always popular with shoppers. Here's an example:
See you in just over a month at our Nebraska Pumpkin Patch!